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Spy High Mission One (Spy High (Little Brown and Company)) Hardcover – May 5, 2004

4.2 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in the Spy High (Series 1) Series

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Grade 9 Up–The six members of Bond team are on a mission that may mean life or death for them or for thousands of innocent people. They are students at Spy High, an elite school that not only teaches them academics, but also instructs them on hand-to-hand combat, infiltrating evil-doer computer systems, and proper use of their shock suits. The book is set in the future, whengenetic mutation gas is the weapon of choice for the bad guys. The teenagers find it difficult to function as a unit; there is a struggle about who should lead and they are all filled with self-doubt. Only a tragedy of monumental proportions can force them to work together and realize their own strengths. While striving to create a James Bond story for teenagers, this book ends up being more of a cliché about the spy business than an intriguing adventure. The main characters are never fully developed and stereotypes abound. Readers may appreciate the nonstop action, but descriptions such as "The stench of the creature was in her nostrils, making her gag. Saliva drooled from its jagged mouth as razored teeth snapped at her throat" get old after awhile. Fans of adventure series may initially be attracted to this new offering, but they will tire quickly of the repetition.–Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI
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Gr. 7-10. In the first pages of this breezy thriller set in the year 2060, readers meet the Bond Team, a group of first-year students at Deveraux Academy (aka "Spy High") whom recruiters expect to make the most indomitable secret agents ever assembled. Representing a PC range of ethnicities, synergistic strengths, and stock teen-fiction personalities (brooding bad boy, preppy jock, wisecracking clown, street-smart African American, and so on), the aspiring spies are trained in martial arts and futuristic gadgetry while dealing with typical high-school social issues. The latter are so disruptive to the team's cohesion that it takes a suspenseful trial by fire--a mission involving a real megalomaniac, not the virtual-reality facsimile that is part of their high-tech curriculum--to demonstrate their true potential. It's a formulaic but fun start to a series that will keep YAs well entertained, especially reluctant readers weaned on the fast pace and rampant one-liners of movies like Austin Powers and Charlie's Angels. Jennifer Mattson
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Product Details

  • Series: Spy High (Little Brown and Company) (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (May 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316737593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316737593
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,579,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on September 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
Spy High:Mission One is a really great spy book. In the book, 6 teenagers end up in a school that teaches them to be spys. Because this group of kids aren't doing to well together, the school sends them on a camping trip. They hope the kids will get to know each other more. Instead, the kids get involved with a mad scienctist who works with group of terrorists. This book has alot of action and suspence in it, and I'm glad the AJ Butcher had some imagination when he thought of spys. I recomend it to everyone who likes action, spys, and the like, although maybe not to younger kids because the ending might be to scary.
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A Kid's Review on April 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
Have you ever had a chance to change your life completely? If you read Spy High Mission One , by A.J. Butcher you'll find out that six kids by the names of Ben Stanton, Jake Daly, Eddie Nelligan, Lori Angel, Jennifer Chen, and Cally Cross get that chance. Senior tutor, Elmore Grant, selects these six kids to attend Devoraux Academy (Spy High) and become spies. In order to pass the Stromfeld program in their 1st year the Bond team must learn the importance of teamwork and trust. If they fail they won't just fail, but they will also meet their fate. Their adventures continue in Spy High Mission Two. If you like mystery, action, and romance all in one book then this is the book for you!

Sometimes it is confusing because dialogue from characters that aren't even present at the time is intermixed with dialogue from the characters that are present. On the other hand Butcher uses good vocabulary so it is easy to visualize what is happening. I hope you get the chance to change your life completely.
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I first discovered this series in elementary school, as an 8 year old girl, while flipping through the book fair flyer, and when I saw it I knew I immediately needed to read it. This book had me up at night reading, and begging my mom to take me to the bookstore to get me the next book. I was totally hooked, and after I read this my real joy for reading developed. It doesn't take too long to really get going, and the storyline is entertaining but not too difficult to follow.

I credit A.J. Brown with opening me up to the wonder of the library, and I definitely think its a great pick for kids/teens/even adults! I've re-read and never come up with any other opinion.

Read this book, buy it for your kids!
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I picked up Spy High from the library because it looked like fun. It wasn't. It's 196 pages of bad banter, ludicrous villains, cardboard cut out characters, and a plot with holes big enough to ride a SkyBike through.

From the outside, Deveraux Academy looks like a normal boarding school. However, it's not. It's actually a cover for a school to train future secret agents. Deveraux's students call it Spy High.

Usually, Spy High students are flawless, but one of this year's teams, Bond Team, is falling short. The constant bickering between the elected leader, Ben, and Jake, a fellow team member, threatens to tear the team apart. When they fail an important test, their teacher decides they need a to take a camping trip so they can bond as one big happy family. Unfortunately, when giant mutant creatures attack the campers, all of Bond Team have to fight for their survival. This time, if they fail, they'll die.

Spy High is such a mess that it's hard to know where to begin. First, there's the characters. There are six teens on Bond Team, three girls and three boys, and they are all completely one-dimensional, unsympathetic, and unbelievably irritating. Their personalities are inconsistent from scene to scene, which makes them all names without any distinct personality traits.

Of course, since there are an equal number of boys and girls, everyone needs to be pairing up every minute. Ben and Lori. Cally and Jake. Never mind, Jake didn't really like Cally, so make that Jake and Jennifer. Now Cally's feelings are hurt. Pair-up Cally and Eddie. In my opinion, no one in their right mind would ever want to date Eddie, since he is useless, flirtatious to the point of gagging, and keeps up and endless stream of banter and bad jokes.
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Spy High, Mission One, is an incredible book. One of the main things I have to say I love about this book are the descriptions, they are really well done and detailed without it seeming like to much. The charactor development is slow, but you really get a good sence of what is happening n their minds. There are three boys and three girls, so they are paired up, and having everyone paired up ia a bit daunting, I admit, but it reall helps the story move along. I'd have to say my favorite charector is Jake, and I love the realtionship between him and Ben that goes on in the story.

You see, Ben is a rich, snobish boy who's dream is to make it to the top. But Jake, a domer(low status) rookie, is fiery and passionet, were Ben is cool and calm. They are ment to be the perfect balence, but instead they clash in unsuprising ways.

Ben is with Lori, a sweet girl who is all about looks and attide. Cally, a girl from the streets, finds herself slowly falling for the darkand mysteriose Jake. Sadley, his eyes are on someone else, Jenifer. An Asian karate master(sort of) who'd rather fight than go on a stake out. She hesitates in returning his sincer affections, but then that leaves us Eddie, the comic relife and pervert of the group. Jake and Ben bet him that he couldn't get a girl to kiss him before the semester was over, but will he? The romance in this book is subrisingly subtle and well done.

Now here is the villan, a desendant from Frankianstien who has capterued them all and is trying to turn them into deneted forms of their naterule selves. Will they escape? Will Ben and Jake finaly get along? Will Cally survive this sudden heartbreak? And, by the gods, id Eddie ever going to get that kiss? Read it to find out, it's a book that will leave ty ou begging for more!
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